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The Witch and the Beast Anime Shares English Trailer

The anime The Witch and the Beast, which is based on a manga originally titled Majo to Yajū by Kōsuke Satake, has released a teaser trailer. In the trailer we learn that the anime will debut in January, and it also talks a bit about the cast and crew. As an added bonus for many American fans, the trailer is written in English so you don’t have to read Japanese to know what’s going on.

Looking toward the cast, Yō Taichi plays Guideau and Toshiyuki Morikawa plays Ashaf. As for the crew, it’s being made at Yokohama Animation Lab with Takayuki Hamana of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (the new one, not the original) helming the project as the director. Credit for character design goes to Hiroya Iijima, who has worked on Afro Samurai.

When the anime starts in Japan, it will be aired on the channels TBS and BS11. So far there is no word on what North American licensors or streaming services might pick it up.

The manga began in Japan in 2016, being published by Kodansha’s Young Magazine the 3rd. Four years later it switched to being published by Monthly Young Magazine.

The manga is being published in English by Kodansha USA Publishing, who gave this description for its plot:

Guideau: a feral girl with long fangs and the eyes of a beast. Ashaf: a soft-spoken man with delicate features and a coffin strapped to his back. This ominous pair appears one day in a town that’s in thrall to a witch, who has convinced the townsfolk she’s their hero. But Ashaf and Guideau know better. They have scores to settle, and they won’t hesitate to remove anyone in their way…

Most recently, Kodansha USA Publishing printed the 10th volume of the manga. The 11th volume is slated to come out on October 11.

Source: ANN


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